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Historical displays

Historical displays create interest in school anniversary celebrations.

Consider the following:

Display location

  • accessibility
  • spaciousness of location
  • security
  • supervision

Copies of historical documents

  • correspondence from community asking for a school
  • official application form
  • list of prospective students
  • first inspector's report
  • first teacher's letter advising date of opening of school
  • early school photographs
  • old scholarship papers

School work and certificates

  • pupils' exercise books
  • copybooks
  • old report cards
  • swimming certificates, awards for excellence
  • old uniforms
  • material contrasting old and new in education
  • examples of former and current pupils' writing and art work

Further considerations

Material needs to be:

  • carefully labelled
  • clearly captioned
  • relevant to your display
  • placed in recognisable order (e.g. chronological, thematic etc)
  • securely displayed
  • returned soon after the event

School anniversary kits

Library Services has three display kits available for loan. Kits comprise:

  • old slates, slate pencils, textbooks, badges, inkwells
  • posters depicting scenes from education long ago
  • good manners chart
  • charts related to Queensland's educational past

There is no charge to borrow a kit. They need to be ordered in advance and either

  • collected in person
  • collected by courier or
  • posted to client

The kits are to be returned as soon as possible after the event. Schools are expected to cover the return postage/delivery of the kit.

Reserving an anniversary kit

Book your anniversary kit by contacting Library Services.

Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre historic kits

This Centre has more extensive historic kits for hire from which schools can recreate an historic classroom. Details are available from Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre External Link.

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Last reviewed
11 March 2013
Last updated
11 March 2013